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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
When at first you set out
When at first you set out, your feet do not know where the road will go, or how.
The head thinks it knows, but it may not.
(After all, in the thick of winter, the leaves were supposed to have loosened, to have fallen. What then of such insubstantial strength, such golden light?)
Who can explain our brittlest survivals? Or the beauty of ice, in a broken space?
It befalls us: inessential, necessary, ordinary--as uncomfortable as prayer.
What is the meaning of life?
Why are only some days full of light?
For those of us already living, what matters in a new year is to perdure, to endure--there is no experience without an undergoing, without perseverance, without suffering.
Lightening struck, we stagger, try to be like that tree that groaning, still stands.
Noble beyond reckoning. Beautiful in every cracked and shattered limb.
All hope is here: not in what is absolutely new, but in what there is to learn from those who carry on, blind as we all are, but abiding, open-hearted.